WBGO Journal

Saturday 6:30am - 7am

Hosted by Doug Doyle

The WBGO Journal is an award-winning half-hour news magazine that airs Saturdays at 6 am. Reports and analysis, informative interviews and features.

Michael Bourne
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One difference between shows On and OFF Broadway is that off-Broadway shows frequently have short runs.

Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews Final Follies by A.R. Gurney and A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur by Tennessee Williams, a couple of shows he enjoyed -- and are closing soon.

Click above to hear Michael's full review.

First Man
Harlan Jacobson for WBGO

It’s the last hurrah for the mid-century WASP, those men born before WWII, come of age after it, and built or dodged the System, the Death Star of the Military Industrial Complex Eisenhower warned us about in his farewell address in 1960. Time to consider the corporate white male who pre-dated the rise of the Boomers, my crowd, who inherited much, did little but resisted BS in all its manifold guises and forms.

Gloria Davy
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When doing research papers students do not necessarily consider the fact that representation on Wikipedia affects the way cultures and people can be viewed.  And that's probably the case for the general public as well.

As part of the National Hispanic Heritage Month activities at Berkeley College, the Berkeley College librarians in Newark have started Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons with select faculty and students in courses such as Gender, Race and Class, taught by Professor Gloria Davy, and Introduction to Ethics by Professor Gregory Hotchkiss.

Steve Turre
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WBGO's Gary Walker chats with trombonist Steve Turre about playing for the Emmy's as part of the Saturday Night Live Band and Turre's new album The Very Thought of You.

Click above to hear the interview.

The Nap
Variety

Theater critic Michael Bourne returns to Broadway to review the new comedy "The Nap."

Richard Bean is the playwright.

Click above to hear the review.

Dr. Katz
NYC H+H Press Office

In the first 21 months of President Donald Trump's term he has made good on his pledge to crack down on immigration. Now, some public health officials are warning his policy poses a significant risk to the public health of all Americans because immigrants are now avoiding seeing the doctor. That, experts warn, sets the stage for outbreaks of communicable diseases like tuberculosis that would impact the entire population.

WBGO's Alexandra Hill chats with Associate Program Officer with Greater Newark LISC (Local Initiative Support Corporation) Tenisha Malcolm, about this weekend's 6th Annual Growing Leadership Building Community Conference, taking place this Saturday October 6th at Rutgers Newark. The annual day long conference gives participants the opportunity to attend two of six concurrent ninety-minute workshops. Workshop topics to be covered include: environmental justice, how to become a citizen journalist, empowering the next generation of leaders, and tapping your leadership potential. 

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A report from New Jersey Policy Perspective is urging state lawmakers to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

Brandon McKoy with New Jersey Policy Perspective is encouraged by Governor Phil Murphy's economic plan to increase the minimum wage, but he says it should happen this year.

This sunday a Funeral will take place throughout New Jersey's largest city.....A funeral for violence and anger in Newark. WBGO's Alexandra Hill sat down with Dupre Kelly, one third of legendary hip-hop group Lords of The Underground and the founder of 211 community impact group, to talk about how he hopes the event will impact not only the the victims of violent crime, but those who are committing acts of violence within their own communities. 

Sunday, September 30

Hearses begin parade: 11 a.m.

Funeral Service: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Edie Falco
Playbill

Theater critic Michael Bourne stays off-Broadway this week to review the new play about the drama that is politics, The True.  Edie Falco stars in the new production.

Click above to hear Michael's review on the WBGO Journal.

Alzheimer's New Jersey
Alzheimer's New Jersey

Alzheimer's New Jersey is holding several fundraising walks in the state.  This next one is this Sunday, September 30th on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown.

The President and CEO of Alzheimer's New Jersey is Ken Zaentz.  Zaentz joined host Doug Doyle on the WBGO Journal to talk about the upcoming walk.

Alzheimer's New Jersey says more than 600-thousand people in New Jersey are impacted by Alzheimer's.

On this Back To School edition of Newark Today, Mayor Ras Baraka joins host Michael Hill of NJTV, and Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger Leon, to talk about what's in store for the district, in its first full school year under local control in more than 20 years. We'll also discuss how the new school funding formula, recently implemented by the state, will impact the largest school district in New Jersey. We'll be taking calls LIVE at 844-677-9283. The live call-in takes place 8pm tonight.

Carlos Rodriguez
Alexandra Hill for WBGO News

This coming Wednesday will be another opportunity for WBGO listeners to support their public radio station while helping others in need. 

WBGO is partnering with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and Stop & Shop to help provide "family packs" of food for the hungry in the area. 

Carlos Rodriguez, President and CEO of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey chats with WBGO's Doug Doyle about the partnership and the hunger issue in New Jersey.

You will be able to help by calling 1-800-499-9246 or making a pledge at www.wbgo.org/support.

WBGO
Doug Doyle for WBGO

The second annual Believe in a Healthy Newark conference at NJIT is set for September 27th.

The initiative is led by leaders of Rutgers Newark , RWJ Barnabas, the United Way and others.

One of the organizers of the conference and chair of the steering committee is Dr. Denise Rogers who is with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

You can get the details of the conference by going to www.believeinahealthynewark.org.

Click above to hear the entire interview with Dr. Rogers and WBGO News Director Doug Doyle.

Days To Come
Mint Theater Company

Theater critic Michael Bourne was on Theatre Row again this week to review the revival of Days To Come.

The Mint Theater Company's Days To Come was the second play of Lillian Hellman, first performed in the 1930's.

Click above to hear Michael's review.

New York Stock Exchange
Scott Pringle for WBGO News

This month marks the 10 year anniversary of the start of the financial crisis and market crash.

It was September 15th, 2008 when Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. The collapse of the big bank shattered the too big to fail theory setting off the start of a financial crisis and huge plunge of the stock market over the months to come.

Ultimately, the government bailed out the banks. September 29th, 2008. The Dow, Nasdaq and S@P 500 all dropped between roughly seven and nine percent.

Michael Carig who runs a brokerage firm recalls that day.

Pamela's First Musical
Two River Theater for WBGO

What a way to celebrate the 25th anniversary season at Two River Theater in Red Bank with world premiere of Pamela’s First Musical. There’s a combined total of more than 25 Tony Award nominations and 7 wins between the amazing cast and creative team. 

One of the stars of the show is three-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello.  Carmello, who has appeared in 14 Broadway musicals, gets to sing and have fun in the role of  Aunt Louise.  WBGO News Director Doug Doyle spoke with Carmello about the show and her amazing Broadway career.

Heartbreak House
Michael Bourne for WBGO

Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews the off-Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House.

Click above to hear the review.

Harlan Jacobson
TIFF

The serious fun season of movies kicks off just after Labor Day with the Toronto International Film Festival that closes this weekend.

Now in its 43rd year, Toronto, or TIFF, as it’s known has become increasingly one of the most important sales and marketing conventions in the film industry.
 

With nearly 260 films, that’s pared down from as recently as two years ago when there were some 350—Toronto is the dominant festival in North America and quite possibly the world.

Ang Santos / WBGO

The John Lennon Educational Bus Tour was created by Brian Rothschild and Lennon’s life partner Yoko Ono. Rothschild says it’s a non-profit mobile recording studio that provides young people with free hands on opportunities to record.

Karl Towns
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A big fundraiser for UNCF on Saturday, September 22nd at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield. It’s the first annual UNCF New Jersey 5K Walk/Run for Education in partnership with the KAT Team foundation.

Joining WBGO Journal host Doug Doyle in the studio was UNCF Development Director Ngozi Emenyeonu and Karl Towns, long-time educator and coach who runs the KAT Team Foundation.  Karl is the father of NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves who will be attending the event.

WTC Plaza
Bob Hennelly for WBGO News

It has been seventeen years since the September 11th attack and from all outward signs it appears that lower Manhattan, the physical place, has fully rebounded and that history has moved on. But thousands of 9-11 first responders and survivors are battling WTC related diseases in a daily struggle that all too often is fought in isolation. 

Ang Santos / WBGO

Before the non-profit Sea Turtle Recovery hospital opened at the Turtle Back Zoo, there was no long-term care available for sick and injured sea turtles in New Jersey.  Bill Deerr and Brandi Biehl are the dynamic duo that run the operation.  

“All sea turtles in the world are either threatened or endangered.  That means there’s not many left and we have to do everything we can to save them,” Deerr said.

Taking a tour of the treatment facility with Deerr and Biehl, they talk about the rehab tanks and some of their current patients.

SportsJam
Joe Favorito for WBGO News

2004 Olympic Boxing Gold Medalist and former super middleweight and light heavyweight champion of the world Andre Ward is the new host the reality boxing series The Contender which started its first episode last week on EPIX.

Andre “Son of God” Ward retired in 2017 after a professional boxing career record of 32-and-0, that’s right he never lost a pro bout.  He's joined on this edition of SportsJam with Doug Doyle by one of the 16 contestants on the show, Newark boxer and artist John Thompson IV.

Pretty Woman
Michael Bourne for WBGO

Another new musical on Broadway comes from screen to stage.  Theater Critic Michael Bourne reviews Pretty Woman.

The musical is based on the 1990 film of the same name written by J. F. Lawton and starred Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.  The film captured in many people's opinion one of the most beloved romances of all time .

Broadway's Pretty Woman stars Samantha Barks and Andy Karl.

Kurt Kleinmann
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Kurt Kleinmann lives in Pompton Plains, New Jersey and has been married for 61 years.  The military veteran had a very successful career in pharmacy and was a long-time ski instructor.  But how Kurt got to the United States and what his family went through is the subject of the new book from Jeremy Dronfield, The Stone Crusher: The True Story of a Father and Son's Fight for Survival in Auschwitz.

The Wife
Harlan Jacobson for WBGO

Just when we’re getting used to the noir-like crime stories from Sweden that started with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by writer Stieg Larsson about his alter ego Michael Blomqvist, the hard-bitten reporter swept up in murder, along comes a new film, The Wife, from Sweden also about a writer. 

Bodega death
amny.com

The bodega, where 15 year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz was killed, has been sold. The new owners opened earlier this month and although they received pushback from some local residents, business continues as usual. People come in to buy their leche evaporada, platanitos, macarrones. Like nothing ever happened.

Straight White Men
Michael Bourne for WBGO

Theater Critic Michael Bourne reviews Straight White Men and Mike Birbiglia's The New One.  Can you guess which one Michael doesn't get?

Click above to hear his review.

Aretha Franklin
NPR

Tributes continue to pour in from around the world following the death of legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who died in Detroit last Thursday at 76. The music and message of  The Queen of Soul touched so many in the jazz and blues community; some of their voices are captured in this edition of the WBGO Journal.

WBGO will rebroadcast our four-hour Aretha Franklin special on Friday, Aug. 24, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

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